pic by ilg of Dewachen Ilg in the Great Kiva at the Aztec Ruins…this is what happens when you bring a re-incarnated Rinpoche into Native American sacred places…

The gods are said to live lives of fabulous luxury, reveling in every conceivable pleasure, without a thought for the spiritual dimension of life. All seems to go well until death draws near, and unexpected signs of decay appear. Then the gods’ wives and lovers no longer dare approach them, but throw flowers to them from a distance, with casual prayers that they be reborn again as gods. None of their memories of happiness or comfort can shelter them now from the suffering they face; they only make it more savage. So the dying gods are left to die alone in misery.

The fate of the gods reminds me of the way the elderly, the sick, and the dying are treated today. Our society is obsessed with youth, sex, and power, and we shun old age and decay. Isn’t it terrifying that we discard old people when their working life is finished and they are no longer useful? Isn’t it disturbing that we cast them into old people’s homes, where they die lonely and abandoned?

– Sogyal Rinpoche

2 Responses to “The Fate of the Gods…”

  1. Leferisen John says:

    respect for the Elders!!

  2. coach says:

    respect for the Ancient Lineage!

    white corn boy

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